The 3rd Meeting of the Ministerial Committee on Industry ( CS/IPPSD/IND/PL/III) held in June 2019 held at Kenya School of Monitory Studies, Nairobi Kenya, from June 20-21, 2019, discussed on ALLPI report and decided ALLPI to become a knowledge and innovation based institution to support SMEs and to enhance their competitiveness.
Ethiopia, through the facilitation of Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI), is to host the IULTCS Congress 2021 in Addis Ababa.
At the conclusion of the 35th IULTCS Congress 2019 held in Dresden, Germany, Prof. Mwinyikione, Mwinyihija, Executive Director of ALLPI, received the IULTCS flag from Dr. Dietrich Tegtmeyer, President IULTCS.
During the event, the promotional video for the 36th IULTCS Congress 2021 was played.
The Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI) Executive Director (ED), Prof. Mwinyikione Mwinyihija and the Advisor to the ED’s Office, Prof. Mekonnen Hailemariam visited the newly set Mauritius satellite leather design studio, at Coromandel, on May 16, 2018. The ALLPI Team was accompanied by Mr. Dhanraj Conhye, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Business, Enterprises and Cooperatives and Mr. Ravin Rampersad, Chief Executive Officer, SME Mauritius Ltd. The site of the Satellite Design Studio and its placement was found convenient for access by the potential users (SMEs) and very much appreciated by the ALLPI Team.
The Design Studio will equip itself as a facility that is responsive to localized and international knowledge transfer and innovation center. It has already a 3D printer. When the Studio becomes fully functional, it is expected that the SMEs will be empowered to manufacture leather footwear and goods of the highest quality, which would be able to penetrate regional and international premium markets.
The Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI) Executive Director (ED), Prof. Mwinyikione Mwinyihija, the Advisor to the ED’s Office Prof. Mekonnen Hailemariam, in common with Mr. Dhanraj Conhye, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Business, Enterprises and Cooperatives (MoBEC) and Mr. Ravin Rampersad, Chief Executive Officer, SME Mauritius Ltd visited the “Mauritius Institute of Training and Development” and “Polythechnics Mauritius” on May 16 and 17, 2019 and held discussions with the Institutes top management, on the possibilities of starting Vocational and Diploma level Trainings in Leather Technology.
The Mauritius leather value chain strategy that was developed through a participatory process by the Ministry of Business, Enterprises and Cooperatives of Mauritius, in collaboration with Africa Leather and Leather Products Institutes (ALLPI), was successfully validated, launched and unpacked at Viola Hotel, Bagatelle on May 13 to 15, 2019.